The Division of Biological Sciences recognizes that an inclusive and diverse environment is essential for scientific excellence and innovation in our research, teaching, and service missions. At its core, scientific innovation flourishes from the fusion of different perspectives and experiences, which are inherently linked to the composition of the academic community.
Therefore, we are committed to building a community in which all participants feel equally welcome and encouraged to contribute. Our commitment requires that all faculty, staff, and students of the Division actively promote an inclusive environment in which all members of the DBS community and visitors feel welcome. As individuals we will strive to recognize our biases and work together to actively minimize their influence on our interactions, opinions, and decisions. This commitment is reflected in our goal of increasing the participation of members of historically and currently excluded groups in our Division at all levels.
The Division of Biological Sciences is committed to building an inclusive, unbiased and prejudice-free environment that values, respects, and welcomes all individuals with their diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives* and will support all in their academic and professional development.
The Division of Biological Sciences is committed to providing a community in which all our members (i.e., faculty, staff, and students) are expected to respectfully interact with all faculty, staff, students, and the public; and recognize the importance of having different perspectives on campus and beyond, which is fostered by having a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.
The Division of Biological Sciences is committed to further increasing the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students by recruiting and retaining members of historically and currently excluded groups, particularly those underrepresented in the Division and in the biological sciences nationwide.
Depending on our roles in the department, we have different avenues and responsibilities to foster inclusiveness:
The Division of Biological Sciences embraces the evidence that an inclusive environment and a diverse community stimulates scientific innovation and educational excellence. We aspire to become a model for the appreciation, enhancement, and implementation of inclusion and diversity both at MU and within the broader academic community.